Venable partner Mitchell Mirviss argued the case on behalf of the foster children. Other Venable attorneys who have worked with him on the appeal include John Cooney, Jamie Dunbar, Stewart Webb, Lewis Taylor and Viktoriya Shpigelman. Connie Capistrant has worked on the case for several years, with the assistance of Susan Danton, and Ruth Lathe previously worked on it as well.
The Baltimore foster care system has had chronic failures documented by numerous reports and studies. As a result of this ruling, the State must comply with 28 separate outcomes for the foster children, which are measured by over 100 performance measures.
Venable has served as lead counsel in the case since 1990. The firm has long supported efforts to reform the foster care system in Maryland, and every year employees from across the firm generously donate to an annual Christmas party for a large group of foster children. This year, staff donated more than $3,000 in cash and gift cards, plus literally a truckload of toys and other gifts, ensuring that each child received a significant Christmas present.